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The Pittsburgh Penguins were founded in 1967 during the league’s expansion from six to 12 teams by a group led by Pennsylvania state senator Jack McGregor. The team had moderate success in the early years before difficulty in the 1980s gave way to them drafting Mario Lemieux in 1984, Mark Recchi in 1988, and Jaromir Jagr in 1990. This trio, which would be joined by fellow NHL All-Stars, won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. Financial struggles in the early 2000s nearly led to the team being relocated before Lemieux converted deferred salary into a majority ownership stake, which eventually led to the team selecting Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, and Sidney Crosby in consecutive drafts. The result has been three Stanley Cups (2009, 2016, and 2017) and a 16-year playoff streak that ended in 2023.

Sid the Kid vs. Super Mario: Crosby Still Falls Short

Sidney Crosby just finished his 17th season as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins and played some of the best hockey of his career. At 36 years old, he is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This season, he played in 82 games and scored 42 goals with 52 assists for a total of 94 points. There is no denying his talent, but does he belong in the same conversation as Penguins’ great Mario Lemieux? Goal Scoring  Lemieux spent 17 seasons in Pittsburgh and played in a total of 915 games. He scored 690 goals and had 1,033 assists…

Today in Hockey History: June 12

Fans in Pittsburgh have been given two huge reasons to celebrate on this date over the years. Also, on June 12, two of the greatest players in NHL history were bestowed big honors. Let’s hop inside the THW time machine, take a trip back through the years and relive all the best memories. A Banner Day in Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Penguins have won five Stanley Cups in their franchise history, with two of those victories coming on this date. On June 12, 2009, they beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to win…

Today in Hockey History: June 11

June 11 has been a very exciting day in National Hockey League history. One franchise’s 45-year wait to wear the crown finally came to an end, while another team returned to the championship series for the first time in a long time. This date also gave us the first repeat champions we’d seen in nearly two decades, as well as four different NHL Drafts. So let’s begin our daily trip back in time and relive all the best moments. Kings Finally Take the Throne It took them 45 years to reach the top of the mountain, but on June 11,…

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Today in Hockey History: June 9

June 9 might be the busiest day, historically, for the month. This date in National Hockey League history includes some memorable Stanley Cup coronations, with one legend retiring and another joining the league. Let’s hop aboard the THW time machine to relive all the best memories this date has to…

Today in Hockey History: June 8

June 8 is mostly remembered for two things; plenty of Stanley Cup Final action and multiple coaching changes. Also, one of the most memorable Entry Drafts in National Hockey League history took place on this date. Let’s begin our daily trip back in time to remember all the top moments…

Today in Hockey History: June 2

June 2 was another busy day in National Hockey League history. In addition to plenty of overtime Stanley Cup Final action, there were also some big coaching moves, a new franchise name, and one of the best defensemen ever to play the game was born. Let’s begin our daily look…

Today in Hockey History: June 1

June 1 has been a hectic day throughout the course of National Hockey League history. It has seen champions crowned, eras end, legendary arenas built, and coaching changes to go along with the games on the ice. Let’s begin our daily trip back in time to enjoy all the top…

Today in Hockey History: May 31

Goaltenders and defensemen grabbed the spotlight throughout National Hockey League history on May 31. This date was also a very busy day behind the bench across the league, while some teams got one win closer to the ultimate prize. So, let’s begin our daily trip back in time to relive…

 

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What year were the Pittsburgh Penguins founded?

The Pittsburgh Penguins were founded in 1967 during the league’s expansion from six to 12 teams.

When did the Pittsburgh Penguins play their first game?

The Penguins’ first game was on Oct. 11, 1967, against the Montreal Canadiens. The Penguins lost 2-1.

Who is the current head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Mike Sullivan is the current head coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins.